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post #1 of 22 Old 01-06-2012, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Haunches in

So who feels they can tell me what this exercise is really meant for ( and NO it is not to get the canter).
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-06-2012, 12:23 PM
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I thought it was to stretch out the horses muscles and build the hindend and to get the horse supple and engaging

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I think it serves a few purposes. Stretching, obedience, suppleness. I had one clinician have me ask for a haunches in while working on a 15m trot circle while asking for a slight shoulder out to encourage Cin to "give" a bit and to step his hind legs under himself better as well.
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i thought it was to stretch out the horses muscles and build the hindend and to get the horse supple and engaging

In the right direction.

If we take the haunches in, the renvers and half pass which are all in the same group of exercises we are aiming to strengthening the inside hind leg, supple the belly muscles and free up the outside shoulder.

It works on the inside hind by making it carry more load and allows the outside to thrust more in a freer manner.

When this exercise is done on both the left and right side of the horse we are aiming to maintain or improve the purity of the gait and improve both the carrying and trusting power of the haunch as a whole.

Obviously as a result, this will aid in getting a stronger lengthened stride and make it easier for the horse in engaging the hind legs when doing transitions. This would be very useful exercise when attempting to do circles especially when the circles become smaller for the carrying power of the inside leg in tighter circles will be required to a greater degree.

This will aid in keeping the horse straight when doing the more demanding 10 and 8 meter circles so the "falling in" that happens so easily can be minimized or eliminated.

If done correctly the gait as a whole will develop that cadence and animation that so many of us wish for.
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I'm not sure what "haunches in" means. I'm sure I know the excersize but maybe under a different name? Can you explain a little?

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I'm not sure what "haunches in" means. I'm sure I know the excersize but maybe under a different name? Can you explain a little?


Can be clearly seen at about the 1 minute mark.


In this next video you can see where the riders has asked her horse to do a haunches in at canter. In this case the rider asked for the movement specifically and then straightened the horse after.


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Wow.. beautiful haunches in one both parts! My riding buddy is learning shoulder in and haunches in. Right now it's only at the trot but she and her horse look amazing!

Now if I could only do a simple leg yield :P

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Ok. Yes. My last trainer had me do that (attempt to) and I had been practicing at home and was really proud of myself because I was doing so well.....And then he told me I was doing it backwards. I had the haunches to the rail and the shoulder in. I still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, obviously my commands are backwards.

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Ok. Yes. My last trainer had me do that (attempt to) and I had been practicing at home and was really proud of myself because I was doing so well.....And then he told me I was doing it backwards. I had the haunches to the rail and the shoulder in. I still can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, obviously my commands are backwards.
At least you managed shoulder in! Well was your horse taught these lateral movements or did you teach him? Your aids might be not far from off, but your horse might just be defaulting to what he can do. I know that's what my horse does when I ask for a leg yield.. he yields his front half.. his back half kind of tries but doesn't get far xD
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